Language & Styleguide: Metric

Use wherever possible – do not refer to square feet, miles, etc:                                                                                                                   

Length 

mm  millimetre 
m  metre 
cm  centimetre 
km  kilometre   

Area 

sq. mm  square millimetre
ha  hectare 
sq. cm  square centimetre 
sq. km  square kilometre 

Volume 

ml millilitre 
cu. cm  cubic centimetre 
l litre 
cu. m cubic metre 

Mass (weight)

mg milligram 
kg kilogram 
g gram 
tonne/metric ton 

Electricity

volt 
ohm&bbsp; ohm 
ampere 
Hz  hertz  

Energy 

joule 
kJ  kilojoule 
W  watt 
MJ  megajoule 
kW-h  kilowatt per hour 
kW  kilowatt 
MW  megawatt 

Pressure

Pa  pascal 
kPa  kilopascal  
MPa  megapascal 

Temperature 

Celsius 

Speed 

m/s  metres a second 
km/h  kilometres an hour 

Taken from The Canadian Press Stylebook, A Guide for Writers and Editors, 15th Edition 2008, www.thecanadianpress.com